Now that the Nikon D7500 has been officially announced, it is a good time to see how it compares to its predecessor in terms of features and specifications. While Nikon definitely improved the D7500 on a number of different areas, whether it is the faster 8 fps continuous shooting, a larger buffer, better metering system or other ergonomic and firmware improvements, there are some definite drawbacks one needs to be aware of before deciding to upgrade. Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail and see how the two cameras tack up against each other.
First, let’s go over the bare specifications:
Nikon D7500 vs D7200 Specification Comparison
|Camera Feature||Nikon D7500||Nikon D7200|
|Sensor Resolution in Pixels||20.9 Million||24.2 Million|
|Sensor Pixel Size||4.22µ||3.92µ|
|Low Pass Filter||No||No|
|Sensor Dust Reduction||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||5,568 x 3,712||6,000 x 4,000|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 5||EXPEED 4|
|Built-in Flash||Yes, with flash commander mode||Yes, with flash commander mode|
|Nikon CLS Radio Flash Control||Yes||No|
|Storage Media||1x SD||2x SD|
|Memory Card Support||UHS-I only||UHS-I only|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||8 FPS||6 FPS, 7 FPS in 1.3x Crop Mode|
|Buffer Size (RAW, 14-bit Lossless Compressed)||50||18|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec|
|Shutter Durability||150,000 cycles||150,000 cycles|
|Exposure Metering Sensor||180,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III||2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II|
|Base ISO||ISO 100||ISO 100|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100-51,200||ISO 100-25,600|
|Boosted ISO Sensitivity||ISO 102,400-1,640,000||ISO 51,200-102,400 (B&W only)|
|Autofocus System||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX II||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX II|
|Focus Points||51-point, 15 cross-type AF system||51-point, 15 cross-type AF system|
|AF Detection||Up to f/8||Up to f/8|
|AF Detection Range||-3 to +19 EV||-3 to +19 EV|
|Auto AF Fine-Tune||Yes||No|
|Group AF Mode||Yes||No|
|Exposure Bracketing||9 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV||9 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV|
|Video Output||MOV, H.264/MPEG-4||MOV, H.264/MPEG-4|
|Video Maximum Resolution||3,840×2160 (4K) up to 30 fps||1920×1080 (1080p) up to 60 fps|
|Video Recording Crop (in 35mm Equivalent)||2.25x||1.5x|
|Number of intervals in Time-lapse||Up to 9,999||Up to 9,999|
|4K Time-lapse Recording||Yes||No|
|LCD Size||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD|
|LCD Resolution||922,000 dots||1,228,800 dots|
|Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC||Built-in, no NFC||Built-in, with NFC|
|Battery Grip Accessory Option||N/A||Nikon MB-D15 Multi-Battery Power Pack|
|Battery||EN-EL15a Lithium-ion Battery||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery|
|Battery Life||950 shots (CIPA)||1,110 shots (CIPA)|
|Battery Charger||MH-25a Quick Charger||MH-25a Quick Charger|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes, Improved Sealing||Yes|
|Weight (Body Only)||640g||675g|
|Dimensions||135.5 × 104 × 72.5mm||135.5 x 106.5 x 76mm|
|MSRP Price||$1,249 (as introduced)||$1,199 (as introduced)|
Nikon used the same sensor as on the D500, so there is a small difference in both resolution and pixel size, with the D7500 losing a bit of resolution in exchange for a slightly better image quality at high ISOs. It should not make a huge difference for most photography needs, so I do not look at it as a negative. Where there is a definite improvement is in the newer EXPEED 5 processor, which is what helps the D7500 push much faster 8 fps continuous shooting speed, along with the ability to shoot 4K video. But the biggest welcome change on the D7500 is its buffer size – it went up from a very small buffer capable of holding only 18 images to a much more respectable buffer that can accommodate 50 14-bit losslessly compressed RAW images. This means that one can continuously shoot for over 6 seconds without slowing down the D7500 – a big change compared to the 3 second burst shooting on the D7200.
Although the number of focus points remain the same at 51, the D7500 has an added Group AF focusing mode from the higher-end DSLRs, which will aid in capturing erratically-moving subjects like birds in flight. It also gains the amazing 180K-pixel meter from the Nikon D500, as well as the Auto AF Fine-Tune feature from the D500 and D5 cameras. This allows the camera to calibrate lenses in Live View mode.
The Nikon D7500 can shoot 4K videos, but as can be seen from the above table, the video footage has a 2.25x combined crop (relative to 35mm / full-frame cameras). While the crop can be useful for recording videos of far subjects such as wildlife and sports, one needs to be very careful when shooting video with standard lenses due to this video crop. The crop is also an indication that Nikon is utilizing pixel-level data instead of down-sampling so there is no sensor size advantage unfortunately.
The viewfinder magnification went up from 0.91x to 0.94x, which is definitely a welcome change. The D7500 is now able to control radio-controlled Nikon flashes, which is another great addition compared to the D7200 that cannot. The camera also gains a tilting, touchscreen LCD, which is a definite plus, although I wish it was a fully articulating LCD screen instead. The resolution of the LCD screen also went down a little, which is not that big of a deal in my opinion. The size and the weight of the camera also went down, making the D7500 a very lightweight DSLR and Nikon has moved up to a slightly different EN-EL15a battery. Although CIPA numbers state that the battery life has decreased from 1,110 shots to 950, I would not worry about the numbers too much, since CIPA testing takes into account 4K video recording, LCD viewing and other CPU-intensive tests that can drain the battery quickly. If you just take pictures, you should be able to yield about the same number of shots from both cameras.
Ergonomically, the D7500 is slightly improved compared to its predecessor. It has a deeper grip and its ISO button is positioned near the shutter release, similar to the D500. The tilting LCD screen will also be great for shooting at high and low angles, adding to more comfort and versatility in the field.
Now let’s talk about the negatives. Nikon sadly decided to move down from dual SD slots to a single SD slot, which is a huge drawback in my opinion, especially for those who shoot critical jobs. It is clear that Nikon wants to re-position the D7500 as a lower-end camera when compared to its competition and the D500, and it does not want the two cameras to compete with each other for sports and wildlife photography. Another clear disadvantage of the D7500 is the inability to mount a battery grip, which is going to be a deal breaker for many photographers out there that prefer to use a battery grip for improved ergonomics and ability to use more than one battery.
Nikon 11 years ago had the D300s and the D90 and instead of releasing updated models to both they came out with the D7000 which was a bridge between the two models and eliminated the two and in 2016 Nikon released the D500 and in2017 released the D7500 and it seems to me like they brought back major updated versions of the D300s and D90 and this time eliminated the D7xxx series, to me the D7500 is a 9 year update to the D90.
If you check out the Nikon web site and look at the specs of the D7200 you will see that the viewfinder magnification is 0.94 not 0.91 like you said in your review between the D7500 and D7200, they have the same viewfinder magnification.
Lots of comments about the LCD resolution but it’s incorrect. The resolution is actually the same between the two cameras. One has an extra colour dot per pixel so the number of dots has change but not the resolution. The way the screen works has been changed. This is a classic Nikon marketing issue and one they need to resolve. When this camera was launched half of the internet thought the resolution was reduced even though that’s not true.
I can spend about $1000 – $1500 US for a camera. I am using a very old Canon DSLR. I wanted a Nikon because the auto focus had a better review years ago in comparison to Canon. I wear trifocals and it is hard to use manual focus in any kind of live situation because it takes too long for me to determine if it is in focus. When I zoom to check later, it is often blurred. I take photos of music performances often in low light. I need fast action to not blur moving performers. I want to buy something also good for landscapes for my nature photo group. Would the D7500 be better for me than a D7200? Would a D500 be better? Are all of these 3 weatherized?
I found this to be very helpful. The D7200 it is <3
Thanks to all
I have a couple of lenses for dx camera would you recommend this for potrait photography? Lets say i am planning to have a small studo and plans to do some outdoor portraits?
Why is my question removed??? posted short week ago…
The D7200 also has Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II.
The only thing keeping me from buying the d7200 rather than the d7500 is the lack of a tilting/articulating screen. I would like to know how other people feel about the absence of this feature on the d7200. Is it a sufficient reason to choose the d7500 instead?
For me it is not important at all the tilting screen, because I take only photos with my D7200, so I don;t need 4K, or other advantages what D7500 has, I’m very satisfied with it, if I would change, I would go for D750 only… :)
I had a Canon S2IS back from 2005 and used it till 2010-11. It had the tilting screen, but I preferred the viewfinder. 2 Reasons/
1. The viewfinder always was better (quicker response to action)
2. The tilt screen was low res (235000 pixels, IIRC)
3. Most important – I was worried the damn thing will break accidentally – and mind, the screen was joined to the body with a very robust knob like mechanism. But the very nature of the joint (large flat screen held to connected to the body by a hinged/rotating joint) makes me worried.
Now I have a D300. I do appreciate switching between viewfinder and LCD liveview, without having the need to punch it down or tilt it back to flat, (or me neck like a crow) to get the screen normal to me vision.
It is really rare that you *use* the advantage of the tilting screen during ground level shots. Or, over the crowd ones.
Do think about it.
Read valuable remarks of all of you.
I am just a beginner in DSLRs.
After reading reviews, I think that I should go for D 7200 initially.
It is all in all. What do you advise me as a beginner ?
If you don’t need 4K video, tilting screen, or you need your camera mostly for photos, than the d7200 it’s better option, I don’t need these and I own a 7200 and I have some great results, with nikon 16-80mm VR and sigma 50-150 OS…
I advise beginners–not needing video–to get a Nikon factory refurbished D7100. Less money to get started, and a great camera to learn all the settings. Plus, I still use mine, even though I have a D7200 & a D500. I would NOT recommend a D500 for a beginner. I would NOT buy a D7500 if you plan to shoot Raw (NEF) as it only has one memory slot.
Let me be clear, the D7100 does do a fairly good job at video, but I would either use my smartphone for most videos, or get a Panasonic if I was really serious about getting the best videos.
100% agree Charlie, I use my iPhone SE for videos and sometimes the Sony AS-50…